Job Hunting - any time, any place
The global outsourcing boom has clearly improved the employability of the average Indian but it seems like there still aren't enough jobs for everyone. This point hit home with me yesterday when I was travelling back to Bangalore after a short visit to Hyderabad.
I was passing through security at the airport when I was stopped by the security guard in charge. He asked me a host of questions about where I was coming from, where I was going and why. Then he started inquiring about my company and the nature of it's business. I found this to be quite strange but decided that I was not going to mess around with a guy carrying a machine gun.
After his inquiry was complete and he was satisfied with my responses, the guard asked me if I could assist in securing employment for his brother. Apparently, this chap works in the IT field and has been unemployed for about 3 months! I politely informed him that I am new to Bangalore myself and it is unlikely that I would be able to provide any assistance. His response? "It's ok, saar! Maybe in a few months."
If there hadn't been about twenty impatient travellers waiting to pass through security, I am sure that I would have been handed a copy of a resume and would likely be conducting an interview sitting in the waiting lounge.